The Grafton Ferry will launch its 2016 season in about a month.  The first day of operation will be April 29, according to Grafton's mayor.  The spring and summer will see the ferry used to shuttle motorists - especially tourists - back and forth between Illinois and Missouri several times each weekend.

Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson tells The Big Z some of those visitors will want to spend the night in one of the 100 or so rooms available in town.

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Tourism continues to be the town's biggest economic engine, and says there is a lot of excitement surrounding the opening of the new Grafton Oyster Bar and a new 2,000 foot segment at the Grafton Zip Line.

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